I'm organizing a bake sale that will take place in a record store; we'll be selling baked goods while a couple different bands perform. It's a benefit for an all-ages nonprofit performance space, so the crowd is going to be more "denim vests and cheap beer" than "PTA fundraiser cake walk." I'd like suggestions for recipes that don't require me to buy an ingredient that I'm only going to use a small portion of, are fairly simple to make, and easy to make into sturdy single servings that don't require plates or forks. Bonus questions: vegan suggestions, jello shots, and savory items.
The money for ingredients is coming out of my pocket. I have a pantry fully stocked with the standard ingredients like flour, baking soda and powder, sugar, etc. I'm fine buying a pack of strawberries for strawberry rhubarb bars, for example, but I'm not ok buying a can of dehydrated egg whites that I'm going to use a tablespoon of, so streamlined recipes using standard American baking ingredients are important.
Also important: fairly simple recipes, and I'm totally ok with using cheats and shortcuts. I'm actually a pretty capable baker (and an amazing cook if I do say so myself), but since I'm going to be making many different items, this is really not the occasion for the Christina Tosi recipe that is actually four different recipes rolled into one. For example, I often totally cheat and make the cream cheese mix from this recipe
, then swirl it into some Betty Crocker brownie batter. Don't judge me! Everyone loves them and asks me for the recipe!
There will be at least one vegan present. I have a few different varieties of vegan cookies covered, but I'd like to make at least one vegan savory appetizer-like item that will appeal equally well to omnivores that just don't like sugar. Cornbread with roasted corn/jalapeno mixed in? Something that isn't baked at all but travels and keeps at room temp well? I'm fine buying dairy-free milk, but I'm not hunting down agar-agar and nooch.
Lastly, I'd like to make something alcoholic that travels well and isn't messy. I'm thinking jello shots (I'm aware these are not vegan). Does anyone have a recipe for a way to make jello shots less disgusting and frat house? I'm ok with using unflavored gelatin and real ingredients as long as I have a specific recipe that has been tested and will definitely set up. I have access to an herb garden to steep herbs in the same heated liquid I dissolve the gelatin in. I guess I'm just looking for something fancier than "cherry jello + vodka," though the liquor used will be middle-shelf at best.
It takes place this Saturday in Chicago and I threw a FB link at the bottom of my profile.